Workshops: Letter Design, Letter Drawing & Lettercarving in Stone Workshops 2018

The Lettering & Commemorative Arts Trust is enabling the UK’s long tradition of fine letter carving to flourish through our Apprenticeship Scheme and Lettercarving Workshops. Since 1999 we have been running short courses tutored by some of the UK’s leading practitioners, catering for all levels from complete beginners to professionals.  Our priority is to offer the very highest standards in tuition, but at reasonable cost.

The designing of letterforms, and lettercarving on stone and wood, are skills that are learnt over many years of study and practice; through workshops, private study, journeyman schemes and apprenticeships. Our letter design and carving workshops will introduce you to the skills you will need to fully enjoy and maybe pursue a career in this heritage craft; they will also give you an idea of what can be achieved with good training from Master Lettercarvers.

Expectations from a lettercarving workshop

You will be encouraged to try carving on 3 types of stone: ie limestone, sandstone and slates. A single letter or word will be achievable, but a  Shakespearean sonnet is unrealistic. If you do decided to carve a longer phrase, it will be at the expense of trying other types of stone or slate.

If you are more experienced, you may be able to carve and finish a longer piece, but it is not about quantity or speed so much as the quality of the letterforms which will not be improved by rushing. ‘Better a few well designed and spaced letters, than an epistle of poorly drawn ones’.

Cambridge - 6 days

Ability Level

Beginners/intermediate

Dates

Wednesday 27 June – Monday 2 July

Tutors

Tom Perkins & Eric Marland

Tutor details

Cambridge - 6 days

Ability Level

Any ability

Dates

Wednesday 18 July – Monday 23 July

Tutors

Tom Perkins and Eric Marland

Tutor details

Workshop

Workshops are held in Cambridge at The Old Chapel, CB3 0EA. All classes will be from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm each day approx. (including 1 hour for lunch break).  Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided.  Please make your own arrangements for lunch. See below. ACCOMMODATION  (for information only) The Cambridge Tourist Information Centre produces an accommodation guide.  For accommodation enquiries/to request a brochure tel. 01223 457581 (there is an answer phone if the line is busy, and they will call you back).  Their address is:  Cambridge Tourist Information Centre, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QB. You can find details about places offering accommodation/book on-line at www.visitcambridge.org Cambridge University Colleges – some Colleges are open to visitors for b&b, mainly during university vacations including the summer (June, July, August and September).  Visit www. universityrooms.co.uk  to check on availability and prices.  NB:  Churchill College is quite close to Eric Marland’s workshop. Bed & Breakfast:  Tudor Cottage (tel. 01223 565212) is within walking distance of Eric Marland’s workshop – a number of people attending our courses in the past have stayed there. FOOD Please make your own arrangements for lunch, e.g. bring a packed lunch, or sandwiches, etc. can be bought from local shops (the nearest one is about 10-15 minutes’ walk away).

SUGGESTED TITLES FOR BACKGROUND READING The Art of Letter Carving in Stone by Tom Perkins (published by Crowood Press) – (Also available from the Lettering Arts Centre) Creative Lettering Today by Michael Harvey (published by Black).    This is his three-books-in-one:  Drawing letters, cutting of letters, and digital letters. Letters, Slate Cut by David Kindersley (published by Cardozo Kindersley Editions) Letter Cutting in Stone:  a workbook by Richard Grasby “Calligraphy step by step” by Gaynor Goffe with Anna Ravenscroft, and the popular “Calligraphy Made Easy” out of print but available on Amazon.

WORKSHOPS

TOM PERKINS – 3-days Drawn Lettering – This workshop will focus on learning/improving drawn Roman capitals and optionally, drawn Roman lower case or italic. It is suitable for all levels including beginners. The alphabet will be drawn in detail with tutors-led instruction, and used in the drawing of wording to practice letter spacingIf you wish to learn other letterforms/variations please contact the tutor – through the Lettering Arts Trust, well in advance with details of your requirements.

ERIC MARLAND – 3-days Lettercarving in Stone – All Levels Students will be given help & advice according to their needs; it is also suitable for previous students.  Individual tuition and group demonstrations will be given, ranging from first principals of lettercarving to more advanced techniques for students with prior experience. Students will have the opportunity to try different types of stone and learn carving techniques appropriate to each. Materials List A3 pad of lay-out or cartridge paper, Ruler, HB pencil, eraser, compasses, set-square (plastic triangle) If you have access to, and want to bring the following items – although these tools are available for use:

  • Diamond sharpening pad (Eric is able to give advice about what type of sharpening pad if you are intending to buy one)
  • A letter cutters dummy
  • One or two chisels – 4mm and 6mm (preferably tungsten carbide tipped)

COST:  6 day workshop £485


How to Book

Cumbria - 3 days

Ability Level

Any ability

Dates

8 – 10 August

Tutors

Pip Hall

Tutor details

Pip’s workshop is for eight students, shaped to individual needs, and hosted at Kirkthwaite Old School, which also has rooms to rent during the course. Course length is three days. An introductory slide show will be followed by demonstrations of lettering styles, drawing techniques and methods of carving with chisels, and much individual tuition. Stone, tools and materials are provided, though students are welcome to bring their own stone and project. Please bring a packed lunch, tea, coffee and biscuits available all day.. Unless otherwise shown, these are beginners courses – for anyone with enthusiasm and a little patience…


How to Book

Introduction to Calligraphy for Lettercutters - 5 days

Ability Level

Any ability

Dates

17 – 21 October

Tutors

Christopher Elsey

Tutor details

The purpose of this course is to enable letter cutters to  understand why the pen is important in the learning of letter forms. The better informed we are the better the drawing hand becomes.

Day 1.  AM: Introduction to the course: short talk with projected images; setting up drawing board and sitting position. Pen exercises.

PM: ROMAN MINUSCULES – to include: skeleton forms drawn with pencil; pen writing of forms; double pencil work.

Day 2.  AM: Continue to develop the Roman Minuscule

PM: Roman capitals: skeleton forms, pen forms and chisel edged brush forms.

Day 3:  AM: ITALIC; skeleton forms and pen writing forms.

Pub lunch in Ditchling

PM: Visit to Ditchling Museum & church

Day 4:  AM: Continue with italics using the pen and double pencils

PM:  Learning to adapt the the calligraphic form for letter cutting, taking into account the stone or slate it is intended for.

Day 5:   Group discussion to address questions from students

Drawing letters using a single pencil, using the calligraphic knowledge gained on the course.


How to Book

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